At a young age nutrition often gets over looked. After all you can eat pizza, chicken fingers, and candy bars and still perform. But what is often missed is the foundation that one can lay now for the rest of their lives.
I problem was that even though I thought I was eating well, by conventional standards, I was uneducated on what was "actually" good for me.
I specifically remember always making a stir fry before my basketball games, which truthfully was a big improvement. The issue was that I would dump a jar of whatever flavoured sauce on top that is absolutely saturated with sugar. I was uneducated but at least I was making the effort.
That was the number one point we tried to convey to these kids. We know they are not going to eat great all the time. They don't really care because they still can perform their sport at a high level. What we really engrained in them that nutrition matters even at a young age! Especially nutrition for athletes.
From about the ages 12-25 athletes, and all kids for that matter, have the opportunity to fuel their bodies not only for growth and strength but for athleticism and performance. They can lay a strong foundation that will allow them to optimally perform now and in the near future.
Nutrition is relatively boring for most people let alone hormone raging teenagers. It is the last thing they have on their minds. They care more about what colour their game socks are more than what they ate for their pre-game meal.
But, if young athletes make it an important part of their training regime they will see instant improvements in their performance and focus levels.
Besides beating to death the importance of nutrition we talked to them about:
- Setting habits
- What is good nutrition?
- What are macronutrients and micronutrients? Why are they important?
- What are "good" foods and what are "bad" foods?
- How should young athletes be eating?
- Hydration, supplements, and sleep
- How to eat on the road, on a game day, and during a tournament?
Oh and Nate drank raw eggs. Which trust me was a big hit!
Overall the experience for us was amazing. Teaching to groups of people is something I want to become a big part of my coaching. If you asked me a few years ago if I would want to speak in front of hundreds of people I would have said "hell no!".
Interesting how times change. Now public speaking, although still uncomfortable for me, is what I want a big portion of my time and energy to go into. My goal is to reach out and help 100,000 people. What better way then speaking to them all at once!
Live You Best Life!
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